Jeremy Lin's price has been matched by the Houston Rockets, giving the basketball sensation a $25 million offer. Surprised fans reminisce over Lin's words of his love for New York, but it's a no-brainer for the new Rockets player; the New York Knicks just weren't matching the same deal.
Lin, who was with the Rockets before, is hearing some support and backlash for the contract he's signed. "We made an error when we let him go," Leslie Alexander, the Rockets owner, said of Lin. "We rectified it now." Alexander recognizes that their letting Lin go the first time was a mistake on their part, even having said "I should have done a little more homework."
Basketball fans and onlookers will suggest and speculate that his goal is to make more moneyÂ—but to the Harvard graduate, it was less about finances than about the Knicks' hurt feelings. Lin's focus, of course, remains on the game itself. Although the Knicks' not matching the offer is purely on the basis of money, Lin sees this as an opportunity to go further. "I don't see myself as a conquering king, but it's been an unbelievable ride. Just a lot of things I didn't expect to happen in terms of the way last season went. I still have to kind of remind myself this is all actually happening sometimes."
He even has the support of family. "My parents were very supportive,'' said Lin last week, in a phone call from Houston. "They let me do pretty much anything, as long as I made A's in school.''
The 23-year-old is the first Chinese- or Taiwanese-American to play in the NBA.
Jeremy's return to the Rockets looks like a choice that he has solid appreciation for. It's an opportunity for him to improve his game, and even gain support from his parents' native Taiwan.